Rockville, MD (PRWEB) October 15, 2013
The Child Life Council (CLC) today announced a request for proposals for a study entitled "The Effectiveness of the Modality of Play for Hospitalized Children: Child Life Services Clinical Play Interventions." The total grant award will not exceed $40,000.
The proposed evidence-based study is anticipated to conduct and present research regarding the impact of pediatric patient care as a result of receiving clinical child life services play interventions. All play modalities may be submitted for consideration. Preference will be given to studies that link interventions to economic value associated with the care provided. The goal of this study is to provide critically necessary data related to both the effectiveness of the modality of play and the cost effectiveness of child life services because of their use of play techniques. Top consideration will be given to studies that are most likely to be published in a peer-reviewed journal and have administrative cost policy implications and relevance.
CLC is the premier North American membership association for child life specialists, serving more than 5,100 child life professionals, educators, students, and others interested in the psychosocial care of children. As members of comprehensive quality multidisciplinary health care teams, today’s Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS) are trained to meet the needs of pediatric patients through various modalities of play, procedural preparation, distraction, and creative expression.
In 2011, the Child Life Council created a strategic plan for the years 2012 to 2014. The strategic plan identified a core focus of promoting the effectiveness and credibility of the profession through evidence-based research that advances the theory and practice of child life services. The goal of any study to be funded by CLC is to create evidence-based research that examines a causal link between therapeutic child life services and their value within a pediatric patient hospital setting. In 2012, the Child Life Council awarded its first $50,000 research grant for submissions under the title, "The Effectiveness of the Modality of Play on Recovery for Hospitalized Children" to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC for their proposal, "The Economic Value of a Child Life Program for non-sedated MRI Imaging." Study results are anticipated to be available in 2014.
“As a part of our 'Advancing the Field of Play for Hospitalized Children Initiative - Year 2' grant and through this RFP specifically, the Child Life Council is taking critical steps to build on current anecdotal evidence of the effectiveness of clinical play interventions within child life services,” said Dennis Reynolds, executive director of CLC.
Experts in the field of pediatric health care have long acknowledged the value of child life specialists and their contributions to quality care for patients. In its Policy Statement on Child Life Services (2006, reaffirmed 2012), the American Academy of Pediatrics asserted that child life services are essential, adding that, “…the provision of such services is a quality benchmark of an integrated child health delivery system and an indicator of excellence in pediatric care.” While there is some existing evidence and ample anecdotal support from medical practitioners that child life services help to contain hospital costs, additional research is still needed.
This research grant is a strategic component of the more encompassing "Advancing the Field of Play for Hospitalized Children Initiative," which has been designed to elevate the field of child life and the practice of play in health care settings. For more information about CLC’s strategic initiatives and "The Effectiveness of the Modality of Play for Hospitalized Children" research study, visit the CLC website at http://www.childlife.org/Support%20CLC/InitiativeSpotlight.cfm. Specific inquiries from potential principle investigators regarding the research study should be sent to research(at)childife(dot)org.
About the Child Life Council
The Child Life Council (CLC) is the leading membership association supporting child life professionals as they empower children and families to master challenging events related to health care. Founded as a nonprofit organization in 1982, CLC provides members with professional development programs, resources, and networking opportunities, and advances best practices. Membership is currently comprised of more than 5,100 individuals in nearly 500 hospitals and other organizations worldwide. Our members include child life specialists, child life assistants, university educators and students, hospital administrators and staff, and others involved in the psychosocial care of children. More information on CLC and the child life profession is available at http://www.childlife.org.